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James ‘Gus’ Sires

August 10, 2020 | 29 comments

James ‘Gus’ Sires, 73, of Onalaska passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and childern August 6, 2020.  He was born in La Crosse on December 12, 1946 to Lillian and Alvin Sires.

Gus grew up in New Albin, Iowa where he was an outstanding baseball player. Upon graduation, he worked at the Caterpillar plant in Belvidere, Illinois.  He joined the Navy and served 4 years on the USS LaSalle.  At the end of his service, he attended Winona State University for one year.  He transferred to UW-La Crosse to complete his degree.

In 1970 he met his wife, Linda Bergum, and they were united in marriage on September 11, 1971.

Gus worked at Gateway Transportation and later joined The Cabinet Factory where he ultimately became a partner in the business.  He worked there until his retirement in 2000.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, a son, Tim (Kim) of La Crosse and a daughter, Lindsey (Bill) Treanor of Onalaska, Grandchildren Caden and Stella Sires, Owen, Jackson, Dalton (Aimee), and Griffin Treanor and a Great Grandson Grayson.  He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Jean Sires.  Preceding Gus in death are his parents and his brother, Donald Sires.

His family and friends remember Gus for his devotion to his family, his sense of humor, love of music and concern he had for others. His Grandkids remember going fishing with him and that he attended all their sporting events.

The family will not be having a service at this time.

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29 Comments

  1. Mary Klug Silha

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you all.

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  2. Marlys & Ron Dahlke

    so sorry to hear this, a friend & co worker with Linda, knew the kids when they were young. Gus was always a pleasant host. So happy to see how their family grew too. Our sympathy to all & still enjoy fb friend with Linda. Hugs & prayers to all. Ron & Marlys Dahlke

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    • Joel Sires and family

      Linda and family,
      We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Gus was really great man. Every time we would run into him he always had a smile on his face and always enjoyed talking with him. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with. God bless.
      Joel, Niki, Dawson, and Sharon Sires.

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  3. George Mortl Sr

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family. I remember Gus up at ball games in Mankato. He loved watching his boy and the team compete. Heaven got itself a good one.
    Prayers to you all.
    Rest In Peace Gus.
    George and Sue Mortl

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  4. Patty and Ron Pavek

    Linda, Tim, Lindsey and family,
    We’re so sorry to hear about Gus’ passing.

    We have fond memories of all the basketball and baseball games together. You are in our hearts.

    Prayers and hugs,
    Patty, Ron, Chad, Nikki❤️

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  5. Carrie

    Aunt Linda, Lindsey, and Tim – so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you.

    Love,

    Carrie

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  6. Gary Mason

    My condolences to Your family. I enjoyed working with Gus at the Cabinet Factory.

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    • Tiffany Green

      Linda – praying for you during this time. I always loved our conversations at moving and improving exercise program at GHS.

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  7. Doug " rabbi" Sires

    Gus my cousin and best buddies so many memories from the cradle to end we did it our way I’ll be with later

    Rabbi

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  8. Ginny Mitchell

    My Sincere Condolences for Your Loss..May God Give You The Strength To Lighten Your Heavy Heart’s..🙏💞

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  9. Kern Brogan

    Sorry to hear this old friend from the school days. You a very dear friend and a great guy. Loved playing catch with you.

    Fondly

    Kern and Noreen Brogan

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  10. Thomas M Jordan

    My deepest condolences. I will always remember Jimmy as someone with a smile on his face and a true childhood friend. Just a great guy. Tom Jordan

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  11. Paul Felion

    At this difficult time I can only say how sorry I am
    for your loss.Gather together to love and console
    each other.
    With Sympathy
    Paul Felion

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  12. Bruce and Lu Pertzsch

    Linda, we are so sorry to hear of the death of Gus. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and the kids and grandchildren. Much love to you.

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  13. Rhonda Hardiman

    My deepest sympathies on the passing of a good man, employer. I was blessed to have known Gus. A quiet leader with concern and compassion for those who worked at Cabinet Factory (WalzCraft). Us always had a smile to give anyone who crossed his path. He is remembered fondly by me as being a hard worker, caring and understanding. My prayers are with the family at this difficult time,

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  14. Michael Heiderscheit

    So sorry for your loss. Glad I stopped last fall. He was a good friend, Prayers for the family.

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    • Kara and Roberta Good

      Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. God grant you comfort and support during this difficult time and as you heal. God bless.

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  15. Dianne & Wes Panzer

    So sorry, our prayers are with you all.
    Many wonderful memories.
    Wes & Dianne Panzer

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  16. Kenneth T Strehl

    Fond memories working with Gus at Gateway…..so sorry when they ended and now for your loss.

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  17. Dave Woggon

    My deepest sympathies to your family. Gus was a GREAT guy, glad to know him and appreciated him while he worked at the Cabinet Factory.

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  18. Mike kline

    Sorry to hear about ur loss
    Tim and family. I hope the wonderful memories of him last a life time and the pain u feel eases with each passing day. Mike kline

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  19. Kris

    Tim, Kim and family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your father. Our hearts go out to you. Cherish the wonderful memories.
    Sincerely,
    Jim & Kris Harbaugh

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  20. Cindy Dietrich

    Linda & Family,
    I was so sorry to read of Gus’ death. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this sad time. Sending my sympathy.
    Cindy Dietrich

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  21. Andy and Gloria Weigel

    So sorry to read about Gus in the paper! Lots of good memories from when Tim and John played Royal basketball together. You all have our deepest sympathy.

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  22. Zoe and Jim Bott

    Linda, we are so very sorry for you and the family. I remember all the great times when our kids were growing up! God bless all of you are this difficult time🙏😔

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  23. Greg and Connie Mahairas

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of you husband , Gus . May he rest in peace .

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    • Kara and Roberta Good

      Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. God grant you comfort and support during this difficult time and as you heal. God bless.

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  24. Richard A. Walz

    Linda, Tim, Kim, Lindsey, Bill, Don & Extended Family Members,
    It was an honor to have known and worked side by side with Gus over the years out in the business world!
    One could never have ask for a more honest & level headed business partner! Thank You Gus! You will go down as being one of the Best in my eyes

    Sincerely!
    Richard A. Walz, Jane L. Walz and all the WalzCraft & Cabinet Factory Team-Members

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  25. Joel Sires and family

    Linda and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Gus was really great man. Every time we would run into him he always had a smile on his face and always enjoyed talking with him. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with. God bless.
    Joel, Niki, Dawson, and Sharon Sires.

    Reply

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